Resident Evil: Retribution, the fifth installment of the live-action Resident Evil film series, marks the third film of the franchise directed by Paul W.S. Anderson and the second film of the franchise filmed in 3D.After the events of Resident Evil: Afterlife, Alice awakens in the heart of the Umbrella Corporation's underwater operations facility. As she moves further into the complex to hunt for those responsible for the T-Virus outbreak (and her most recent capture), she discovers that Umbrella used her DNA to perfect and "stop" the virus — as well as clone both her and her dead friends to put them under Umbrella's control. Confronted with this information (and the news that Wesker survived the attempt on his life at the Arcadia), Alice must re-think everything she thinks she knows and find a way to take down Umbrella once and for all.Leon S. Kennedy, Ada Wong, and other characters from the games appear in this one (some despite dying in earlier films).
Resident Evil: Retribution contains examples of the following tropes:
Action Survivor: The Alice clone we see shows signs of this, using quick thinking to survive the zombies and protect her daughter Becky despite her complete lack of training. With badass practically written in her DNA, there's a genuine chance she could survive long enough to get rescued. She doesn't; with no skills to fall back on, she gets killed when she runs into her zombified husband, though she did manage to keep Becky alive.
In fact, due to such, Rain and Carlos come back twice: once as hapless civilians in one of Umbrella's simulations, and once as hardened military killers. The "Vasquez Always Dies" trope being what it is, none of the four make it out alive.
Also technically the Red Queen, since she/it was fried at the end of the first movie, but is back and now runs Umbrella.
Back-to-Back Badasses: Alice and Ada Wong go against two Executioners. Later, they fight against an Umbrella mook strike team.
Badass: While Alice certainly fits, basically all the film's primary characters, both heroes and villains, qualify.
Badass Normal: Throughout the majority of the film, none of the primary protagonists have anything other than heavy firepower, good aim, and hand to hand combat skills going for them. Despite this, they wipe out hordes of zombies and Umbrella mooks, a giant Licker, and a couple of Executioners.
Batter Up: The Alice clone kills a zombie with an aluminum baseball bat.
Bottomless Magazines: Averted when Alice has to reload a pistol, but played straight when she gains submachine guns and never reloads. Also averted with Barry towards the end of the film, his submachine gun runs out of ammo forcing him to resort to his pistol.
Brainwashed and Crazy: Jill, like her counterpart in Resident Evil 5, falls under this trope. The bad clones of Carlos, Rain, and "One" could also count as well since Umbrella is able to create new memories for each of their produced clones.
The Brute: Rare Female Example with Bad Rain who gets obvious pleasure from beating people to death and shows absolutely no subtly and little technique in her fighting style.
Call Back: The first time Alice met Wesker, he injected her in the neck. Guess what he does when they meet again in person?
The Red Queen uses her "you're all going to die down here" line again.
Alice: I've heard that before.
The opening of the first movie gets referenced multiple times: whenever Alice wakes up, the camera is zoomed in on her eye and slowly zooms out.
Alice escapes the cell and walks into the opening sequence of the fourth movie (the rainy Japan crossroad). They even bring back the BGM!
Car Fu: The Executioners try to throw a taxi at Alice and Ada, but they blow it up before they can. Also, Alice rams a car into the Licker.
Chain Pain: One of Alice's newer weapons is a bike chain with a large, heavy padlock.
Chainsaw Good: One of the Las Plagas Undead in the Moscow simulation uses one to kill a member of Leon's strike team.
Cliff Hanger: The film ends with Wesker, Alice, Jill, Ada, and Leon barricaded inside the White House with the remains of the military, while a literal army of zombies, Lickers, and Kipepeo swarms down upon them.
Cloning Blues: Like before, Umbrella has cloned Alice. Not only that, they also clone Carlos, Rain, and "One". Ada explains that there's fifty basic models, which are produced en masse to populate their simulations. Becky, presumably a child clone of one of their base models, is the only one to live long enough to find out.
Also, Ada hints at but not outright states that Alice herself may be a clone while talking about Becky's mom Alice.
Comforting Comforter: A variation: after the final showdown with Jill and Bad Rain in Kamchatka, Leon takes off his winter coat and wraps Ada in it. Justified, since Ada was dressed in nothing but her red qipao and unconscious in the middle of Kamchatka.
Cool Car: A Rolls Royce, with spinning rims and underbelly lighting. It takes a surprising amount of punishment before it rolls its last.
Covers Always Lie: The tagline, "Evil Goes Global" is incorrect: all the international locations in the movie are actually elaborate sets constructed in Umbrella's underwater facility.
Somewhat justified if you go by the explanation of how Umbrella started the biological arms race.
Dual Wield: When Alice fights Jill, she wields a pair of ice climbing hooks.
Empowered Badass Normal: Jill's control device makes her stronger and faster. Bad Rain injects herself with a Las Plagas parasite making her even stronger. They completely trash the heroes in a 2-3 fight, forcing Alice to improvise in order to win.
Enemy Mine: Wesker is now a quasi-good guy, and the one who arranges to have Alice busted out of the Umbrella facility, as the Red Queen is now determined to wipe out all life on Earth, and all of humanity has to band together to stop it. He even talks about how they're all united against a common foe.
Evil Twin: We meet two clones of Rain: an apparently conscienceless Umbrella soldier and a friendly, non-violent woman who helps Alice and Becky. Aside from being identical, they're both snarky and have good survival instincts. Becky assumes they're sisters and tells the good clone that her sister isn't very nice.
Expendable Clone: Played with. The protagonists definitely consider the clones to be people, as shown by Alice's concern for the survivors they meet in the suburbia simulation and Ada's mention that the simulations kill hundreds of people per day. But the way Ada says that she could show Alice a hundred clones just like Becky still in vats makes it clear that it's an argument for not slowing themselves down with her, and nobody seems to have any issue with the fact that the bombs they set off will kill thousands of clones.
Partially justified in that the clones are completely helpless, bordering on empty shells, until they are given Fake Memories, so saving them might not be practical.
Exposed to the Elements: None of the characters so much as shiver in the snow, not even Luther and Bad Rain, who are in tank tops, nor Ada, who is in a revealing red dress.
Fake Memories: The clones are given fake memories to fulfill whatever role Umbrella needs them for, be it realistic "victims" of a viral outbreak or elite soldiers.
For the Evulz: If Afterlife wasn't enough to seal the deal, the fact that Umbrella is still trying to capture/kill Alice even after the world's been overrun with T-virus mutants and the human population is all but completely turned has got to seal the deal.
Somewhat justified by the fact that the Red Queen has taken over Umbrella and become an Omnicidal Maniac.
And even before that reveal, it's mentioned that Umbrella was trying to find a way to control the mutations and infected.
Guns Akimbo: Alice's primary weapons are a pair of submachine guns, and as is par for the course with this franchise, she wields them simultaneously.
And she faces off with Val who's firing Guns Akimbo Skorpion machine pistols!
Heroic Sacrifice: Barry volunteers to hold the Umbrella commandos off so the others can get in the elevator out.
"I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Inevitable with the fight with Jill. Alice briefly tries it with Bad Rain but stops once Bad Rain makes it clear that she doesn't have any of the original Rain's memories.
Just Before the End: The war between the living and the undead has gone so badly that the human race is on the very brink of extinction, and the last scene leaves no doubt that things are about to get even worse.
Wesker (last lines of the film): This is humanity's last stand. The beginning...of the end.
Just Desserts: Alice feeds Bad Rain to the zombies by shooting the ice under her, a move she made after seeing one of them through a clearing in the ice.
Kill It with Water: Leon's team sets charges on the surface before they enter, and when they go off they flood the facility and kill everyone inside including Bad Carlos.
That said, Bad Rain had injected herself with a parasite that made her essentially invulnerable. Add in to the fact that we don't see her die, so much as we see her being dragged under the ice vowing to return.
Loud of War: Alice is tortured by having an ear-splitting shriek played over the intercom of the interrogation room.
Mama Bear: Both the clone and real Alice are very protective of Becky, even though only the clone Alice has memories of being her mother.
Men Are the Expendable Gender: Played straight. Only three notable female characters die, all of them clones and one of those three (Bad Rain) might have survived due to her regeneration. Meanwhile, the notable male characters are nearly wiped out with only Leon and Wesker making it out alive.
Meta Twist: The final fights of all four previous movies have involved extensive CGI. This one's has almost none.
Mythology Gag: The zombies are called Biohazards. Biohazard is the Japanese title for the Resident Evil franchise.
One of the film's chase sequence has roots in the the car chase from Resident Evil 5; the film replaces the Hummer with a Rolls Royce Phantom.
Bad Rain takes a hail of SMG bullets and expels them from her left hand, much like Osmund Saddler.
One of Leon's redshirts is named Sergei Vladimir, The Dragon to Umbrella's leader Ozwell E. Spencer in Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles. The two characters have absolutely nothing in common besides the name, though. This is similar to how one of Carlos' teammates in Apocalypse was named after the human villain of Resident Evil 3, Nicolai, despite having nothing in common besides the name.
Neck Lift: Jill does this to Alice, then attempts to shove Alice's head into the spinning treads of a snowmobile.
Neck Snap: Done to several zombies. The Licker knocks Good Rain against a pillar, and her neck snaps on impact.
Also, despite what the trailers show, Wesker isn't still the Big Bad, and is in fact working with Alice and her allies. In the trailer, his speech was heavily edited to make it sound like he had taken over the world. In the film, he's explaining to Alice that the facility contains replicas of the world's major capitals.
Not Quite Dead: Wesker survived from getting blown up by a small-scale nuclear explosion at the end of Afterlife.
Barry is seemingly fatally shot by Bad One, only to get back up and kill Bad One before Bad Carlos kills him for real.
Omnicidal Maniac: According to Wesker, the Red Queen's new goal is to kill everything on the planet.
Our Zombies Are Different: On top of the regular zombies that have been present throughout the former films, and the Majini, and the Las Plagas, this movie reveals the Las Plagas Undead zombies can swim and don't have to worry about drowning as well.
Outrun the Fireball: After setting off several grenades, Alice uses a grapple gun to avoid the ensuing explosion right as it occurs.
Playing Both Sides: As detailed in the backstory, Umbrella sold the virus to every superpower on Earth, marketing it by demonstrating the effect on opposing nations.
President Evil: Wesker is now President of the United States... or what's left of it, anyways.
Product Placement: Capcom shows a trailer for DmC: Devil May Cry right before the film starts. Yes, even before the IMAX screenings. In the film proper, while probably not intentional placements, you can see advertisements for GameStop, Budweiser, Rockstar Energy Drinks, Reebok shoes, and a few others.
Redemption Demotion: Inverted with Jill. As a heroine, she was nowhere near Alice's league. As a villainess, she's able to completely kick Alice's ass (and has the distinction of being the first character able to do so in a straight fight). Justified in that during Apocalypse, Alice was an Empowered Badass Normal while Jill was just a regular Badass Normal, while in Retribution the situation is reversed.
Red Shirt: It's pretty obvious that the two members of Leon's team that we don't recognize from the games or previous films are going to be the first ones to be killed.
Replacement Goldfish: In an odd version of this trope, Becky gets Alice, who looks exactly like her "real" mother who was killed by zombies, and is for most of the movie unaware that they are different people. She's quite upset when she finds out, though they seem to have whole-heartedly adopted each other by the end.
Took a Level in Badass: Almost literally. Alice teaches Good Rain to fire a machine gun, then congratulates her for becoming a badass. Of course, teaching someone to point a gun isn't the most comprehensive firearm course, and Good Rain isn't much help. Also Luther. In the prior film, he was a former basketball star who was just one of a group of survivors holed up in an old prison (although, to be fair, being a former basketball star made him athletic enough to be an asset to the team). In this one, he's become good enough in a combat environment to be part of the strike force sent to rescue Alice.
Too Many Belts: Alice's new suit. Lampshaded when Good Rain thinks it's a S&M outfit.